Like all athletes that we support, we live not only in solidarity with the rhythm of their successes, but also their failures and battles - nonetheless it was impossible for us to even imagine living through such a tragedy as this. We had momentarily forgotten how dangerous motor racing could be, since we were obsessed, as was Jules, by performance and the ambition to achieve the ultimate result.
Our family circle is now missing an essential link, and lies shattered and broken, even though we knew that the state of our friend was irreversible.
Now, all that is left for us is to devote ourselves to the memory of this loyal, intelligent, gentle, humble, unselfish, and in every way endearing friend, whom we miss terribly and loved as a son, a brother."
Jules’ accident reminded us what a dangerous sport Formula 1 can be, despite the amazing progress made over the last few decades.
Moreover, Jean Todt, the President of the FIA, and also part of the Richard Mille family, took the decision to permanently retire the number 17 from Formula 1 in honour of Jules.